The Counting Crows
April 6, 2008 at The Apple Store
By Janine Kahn
Better than: Wandering around Union Square in heels.
Download: "You can't count on me" from their new album, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.
The San Francisco Apple Store - glamorous and glittering as it is - is a strange and rather uncomfortable place for a live show. But that didn't stop hundreds of Counting Crows fans from showing up hours before the 4 p.m. gig, lining up around the block and curling around Crate and Barrel. 'Twas a family event, with parents sitting on the sidewalk with children making crayon crow drawings - presumably to keep themselves sane as the clock slowly ticked.
Half an hour before the set, the media and 14 people who'd won the right to actually sit in one of the three rows set before the performance area made their way to the second story of the store to either plop themselves down or rub elbows with the band. Eventually, the rest of the fan club was let in, flooding the floor and settling in for a standing room-only show that would give them scant glimpses of the group they'd waited so long to see.
Adam Duritz was kind to his following, hopping up on the vacant front row seats so those in the back could gaze upon his matted mop and soulful eyes. His left foot was slightly fractured by similar antics at a recent Berkeley show, he said. But he bounced upon the chairs at least thrice over the course of the show, even dragging his mic stand upon the plush red seats at one point.
The set was a mix of old faves and newer picks from the recently released Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, which Rolling Stone calls Duritz's "best album in a decade." The Counting Crows stumbled through the opening of crowd-pleaser "Mr. Jones," perfected my personal fave "A Long December," and fielded questions from those gathered in between songs. I'd ramble on, but why do that when I can ruddy SHOW you?
Here's a clip from some of tonight's performance, coupled with a slice of the Q & A session that followed:
And, of course, photos of the scene from line to finish. Enjoy!
Personal Bias: Big piano fan over here. So piano + accordion = one happy camper in the second row.
Random Detail: When asked about how he'd be spending the evening after the show, Duritz said he'd be heading to the hospital to get his foot looked at.
By the Way: I wish I were a bigger Counting Crows fan. I felt almost guilty for the prime press seating with so many diehard fans in the room.